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Bethel United Methodist Church
Stokesdale, North Carolina

On a recent visit to North Carolina, we  spent a lovely afternoon visiting Bethel United Methodist Church near Stokesdale, North Carolina which is a special place for the Pegram families of Guilford, Forsyth and Rockingham Co., North Carolina and their descendants.   The church is located in a beautiful rural setting in the community where the Pegram family members from Warren Co. settled when they first arrived in present Guilford Co. at the beginning of the 19th century.  The cemetery where so many Pegram ancestors are buried is beautifully maintained.  We took pictures of many of the tombstones but a number of older stones are no longer legible. Fortunately, the records from the cemetery have been maintained and we have posted a list of all known Pegrams who are buried here.   The plaque at right can been seen located to the right of the front entrance.  

Thanks to Pamela Combs Gentilezza who saw our message about looking for a copy of the History of Bethel United Methodist Church, we now have a copy of this priceless jewel to share.   It was written in 1976 by Edna Brown Pegram, wife of Troy L. Pegram, who died on November 20, 1999.  According to her booklet, Edna Brown Pegram joined the church when she was 22 years old and has been very active in church affairs. 

Thanks to Barbara Jones Bull, we now have a photo of  Mary Curtis Gordon Jones, daughter of N. W. Gordon and Martha Pegram whose family has played an important role in the history of Bethel United Methodist Church over the past century. We do not have a date for the photo but it was probably made shortly after the 1948 renovation. Note the stone step in the photo which was originally delivered to the church in her father's wagon.